Guest Blogger: Shannon Vannatter
Award winning author, Shannon Taylor Vannatter writes contemporary Christian cowboy romance and has over a dozen published titles. A romance reader since her teens, she hopes to entertain Christian women and plant seeds in the non-believer’s heart as she demonstrates that love doesn’t conquer all—Jesus does!
Shannon gleans fodder for her fiction in rural Arkansas where she spent her teenage summers working the concession stand with her rodeo announcing dad and married a Texan who morphed into a pastor. In her spare time, she loves hanging out with her husband and son, flea marketing, and doing craft projects. I’m excited to let you know that Shannon has a giveaway. Keep reading!
Giveaway Details: Ten copies of Hill Country Redemption will be split among commentors on her blog tour. Winner’s will be revealed on Shannon’s Blogon April 13th. Here is the purchase link:
Because I love to preserve family memories, I have been excited to feature Shannon so that she can share her home decor with family history touches and a flair for memories and nostalgia. I will let Shannon share the details! And keep reading–she has a question for you. Plus more details about her book you won’t want to miss. You’ve just got to take a look at a few home decor photos to follow! You will see more of Shannon’s pictures on my FB Author Page:
I love incorporating memories, nostalgia, and family history into my home decor. When I was a kid, my maternal grandpa would pump water from the well in the morning into a huge pot. Everyone drank out of the dipper. We never got sick and it was the best, coldest water I’ve ever had. The dipper in the pot on the left is one of theirs. The pot came from a flea market, but it’s similar to the one we used.
The corner table sat in their living room. Since it was actually part of my parents’ bedroom suite when they first got married and I always loved it, I ended up with it. It’s maple, but I painted it white, then stained the drawer and top a deep mahogany. It’s in my office now.
I used to walk through my paternal grandparents’ orchard with a paring knife, eating peaches, with juice running down my elbows until I couldn’t hold anymore. Best peaches ever. With the orchard long gone, my husband and I live where it used to be. I found the bushel basket at a flea market.
The wash tub light was my paternal grandmother’s. It had a stand like the one on the right that we saw at a flea market. When my family agreed we could have it, I envisioned a light fixture. My husband cut the arched holes in the side and inserted chicken wire per my ideas.
My husband isn’t as sentimental as me, but after his dad passed, he wanted something from the family ranch in Texas. He found this dead cypress stump and used it for the base of the table with the root for the light fixture. The bronze horse clock was his maternal grandfathers’. The clock didn’t work, but we were able to order one to replace it.
I love putting family memories and nostalgia in my books as well. In my current release, Hill Country Redemption, my heroine goes back to her family ranch after the death of her remaining parent. She plans to sell it, but the floral vintage couch in the shabby chic living room reminds her of the mother she lost as a teen and her recently deceased dad’s office still smells like his old spice cologne. Add a handsome ex-boyfriend plus some past secrets, and she ends up staying.
Question for Readers:
Do you have any pieces of family history in your house?
You may also answer on Becky’s Author Facebook page:
More about Hill Country Redemption…
Will they allow God to help them forgive each other and do what’s best for their secret child?
Genre: Contemporary Romance
This cowboy has one more chance to make it right…
He already lost her once…
Now he’s fighting for her—and their daughter.
When Rance Shepherd takes a job stocking cattle for a local rodeo, he’s shocked that his new client is his ex-sweetheart, Larae Collins. Now he’s determined to prove to the single mother that he isn’t the restless cowboy she remembers. But when he discovers her little girl is his, they both must forgive past mistakes for a second shot at a future together.
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